2008 - present
5151 Côte-Sainte-Catherine

Agence Ometz is a non-profit, human services agency that provides employment, immigration assistance and social services to Jewish families and individuals. Ometz (the Hebrew word for “courage”) was established in 2008 with the merger of Jewish Employment Montreal, Jewish Family Services of the Baron de Hirsch Institute and Jewish Immigrant Aid Services.

Ometz has two locations: a head office at 1 Cummings Square 
(5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road) and a second office at 96 Roger-Pilon Street in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. More than 300 volunteers work together with agency staff to serve over 13,000 clients a year. The modern incarnation of a legacy of continuous, organized Jewish social service in Canada, Ometz celebrated 150 years since the establishment of its parent organization, the Young Men’s Hebrew Benevolent Society, in June 2013.

Compiled by Stephanie Schwartz



Baron de Hirsch - Back River Cemeteries
Baron de Hirsch Institute / Jewish Family Services Collection - CJHN
Ometz 150 years anniversary


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*Images courtesy of Ometz.